The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Literary
The Goldfinch book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 7,374 Ratings)

The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner from the author of The Secret History that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).
 Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love — and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
 The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post). 

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User reviews about this book

  • Pros and Cons

    4
    By SANTA THE FANTA
    A great read besides the fact that it was wordy and too descriptive. it could’ve easily been shortened by a few hundred pages.
  • This book will stay with you

    5
    By featherhead🪂
    Existential, nihilistic, adventurous masterpiece
  • Enjoyable And Very Long

    2
    By bfreediffthansafe
    Saw the movie first then read the book. Detailed in ways and lacking in others. Pippa, Lucious, Horst follow ups? Literally skipped through 30-40pages cuz uninteresting detail. Cannot say “So glad I read the book!” Wish I would have left it at the movie
  • Good Read but...

    3
    By Consuelagong
    The last pages after Amsterdam were boring and went on for way too long and trying to be philosophical. Keep fiction fiction 3.5/5
  • Good but long

    3
    By Val.Levin
    Good book, but too much details and I think it can be easily shortened
  • Goldfinch

    2
    By nmrmc
    The beginning of the book and first half were so riveting, but the second half was terrible; boring, wordy, overly descriptive, and made me hate the protagonist. I could not root for such a reprehensible character. The more I read, the more depressing it became.
  • Enthralling

    5
    By SherrilN
    Donna Tartt is an expressive writer without using boring or incessant adjectives. The characters stay true to themselves and the reader remains captivated throughout this rather long journey. The Goldfinch is a literary classic - beautifully written!
  • Best book in a long time

    5
    By Moscow Missy
    What a powerful, intense, rich and complex story. So many complicated characters, some loveable, some hateable. We read and watch as a sad little boy, practically an orphan navigates his life with bad and good choices. I loved this book.
  • Love it

    5
    By naman8183
    This is my all time favorite book. Granted, you have to like how circular and branching Tartt’s writing is.
  • Recommend reading something else

    2
    By Nmskier
    I am in disbelief this book has been rated so highly by so many people. The editor did a huge disservice to the author and readers by not not trimming the wordiness. This book should have been easily only half as long. I am now to the last 15% of the book and am forcing myself to finish it....and it’s a complete drag. Do yourself a favor, find something else to read.

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